Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000657
Received: 10/9/2013 3:32:31 PM
Commenter: Christopher Dudley
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
RE: Longview Coal Facility EIS commentary
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County, State of Washington Department of Ecology,
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Please use all relevant government publications on climate change, some listed below, in considering the environmental impact the Longview coal facility will have on the site, the immediate area, the region, and the biosphere our lives depend upon. Please do a complete, comprehensive review.
From ‘The Approved Summary for Policymakers of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report (AR5).’ (quotes from the report follow with questions. http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGIAR5-SPM_Approved27Sep2013.pdf
Every bullet point in the AR5 should be addressed and mitigated before the coal facility is allowed to operate.
2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (citations unavailable at the time of this writing due to government shutdown.
NOAA has previously outlined their predictions of sea level rise due to climate change. They also provide an interactive map that shows the area where the coal export facility will be built to be under water due to climate change caused sea level rise in the near future. -- How will the Longview coal facility be affected by sea level rise and how will it drive sea level rise as outlined by NOAA?
3. National Academies Report on Climate Change, 2010, U.S. Navy. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12897&page=1
“the clearest implications (for the U.S. Navy) are for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) missions (exacerbated by Climate Change), which may increase in frequency, thereby straining military transportation resources and the supporting force structures.” -- The authors of the report are on record as having said that the “number one security threat to the United States is Global Climate Change,” how will the negative national security impacts of the Longview coal facility, which will foster increased CO2 emissions and subsequently increase security threats, be mitigated?
4) National Academies Press, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis (2013). http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=14682&page=1
Vector-borne diseases may shift ranges, increasing environmental risks. How will the Longview coal facility mitigate its role in increasing the prevalence of vector-borne diseases?
5) Please, also see extant reports from NASA (http://climate.nasa.gov/effects) and address how to mitigate NASA’s warnings against further emissions of CO2 and other Green House Gasses.
“Decreasing snowpack in the western mountains.” -- How will the decrease in snowpack and water run-off impact the environment in and around the facility?
Please also offer mitigation for problems listed in a myriad of reports from the National Science Foundation (site closed due to Shutdown), the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/topics/climate/en/), the United Nations (http://www.un.org/climatechange/), The World Bank (http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange), the FAO (http://www.fao.org/climatechange/en/), and, among many others, the MIT Climate Change site: http://globalchange.mit.edu/.
Sincerely, Christopher Dudley
4440 Poplar Way
Longview, WA 98632